After visiting Home Wine Kitchen so many times, I knew I needed to try Table, the latest venture for Cassy Vires. I was sad to see the Stable no longer in service, but was happy to hear that the space was at least being used, especially since it’s such a beautiful space! If you go to the website for Table, we literally sat in that spot too!
Since Table is located deep in Soulard off of Cherokee, I figured my best chance to go would be for brunch and luckily they open quite early at 9AM so it was no problem squeezing it in before attending to other important Sunday activities (watching football).
The high ceilings made for a chilly atmosphere, but the fresh, hot coffee and smoked tomato Bloody Mary helped to warm us up.
I was surprised that it was somewhat empty for brunch, so perhaps more folks prefer the dinner menu. At least this way we didn’t feel like we were disturbing anyone while we looked around and tried to imagine the previous uses of the building. We also found the pastry chef behind a window and probably could have watched her work for hours. At the end we also took a trip upstairs to check out the event space above.
There are several “sections” on the menu with most items ten dollars or less so that gave everyone an opportunity to try a few dishes and we ended up just sharing everything together anyway.
My most favorite item was the first one right at the top under the “Baked” section, the sea-salt shortbread biscuits with honey and butter. I thought the sea-salt was odd on top but the baby biscuits were so soft and melted in my mouth smothered with honey and butter. They are quite little so we each only got one. Now I am wishing we had gotten at least one more order of them, although we had quite a lot more food coming…
Normally I would have skipped over the “Snacks” section but my friend Chris and I have a soft spot for “Poutin”, as it is spelled here. I didn’t realize the fries came with crispy pork belly mixed in with the white cheddar gravy and hard-boiled egg on top, but it was easy enough for me to pick off. I also made the mistake of grabbing the fries first out of the small bucket, whereas all the fries at the bottom were the ones deliciously soaked in the gravy.
Finally, it was time for the main course, and I selected the Mushroom Strata, which had sharp white cheddar and rosemary baked in.
Patience couldn't resist the Duck and Potato Hash, which came with a beautiful fried egg on top.
We had to look up what a “shirred” egg was and since it was quite runny, and my friend had to use the toast as a transporter for the egg.
The best dish out of the “Hatched” section was definitely the Scotch egg, but it is so heavy, you probably won’t want to eat the rest of the day. I was really impressed with the yolk in the middle, but the outside “shell” was quite filling.
I have to admit I am curious about the Champagne Steamed Mussels, and the “Savory” section of the menu had a few other higher priced items like Beef Tartare and a Cornmeal Pizza. But we decided to skip on down to the “Sweet” section to finish off our meal. Since we cleaned our plates, we were allowed to have dessert for breakfast right?
You know I was all over the “chocolate cake donuts” although I was surprised they were crispy. Still plenty of chocolate to taste. Chris got the rye whiskey French toast sticks with fig syrup. I couldn’t taste any whiskey but the French toast sticks were also crispy and certainly tasted more like dessert, especially once you dipped it in the syrup.
Hopefully I’ll be in the area again sometime so I try can their dinner menu next.
Table = http://tablestl.com/
STLCheesegirl blog = http://www.stlcheesegirl.com/2013/12/table.html